Possible tornado spotted near Tottenham, Ontario
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 7:21 PM -
Impressive video out of the Tottenham, Ontario area shows a strong funnel cloud formation that may have made contact with the ground, becoming a tornado, Tuesday evening.
Environment Canada has yet to release an official statement on whether or not the funnel cloud made contact with the ground but some EC officials have spoken to media outlets, suggesting that an EF-1 twister did in fact occur.
Social media has been flooded with images of storm damage in the Tottenham area.
Lots of damage to multiple buildings. CBO on route. pic.twitter.com/Uw6o1p7ivP— New Tecumseth Fire (@distchief_3NTFR) June 24, 2014
Damage has been reported in the Barrie area as well, but meteorologists are confident it was the result of non-tornadic winds.
Only Environment Canada can confirm a twister.
Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, says that Environment Canada depends on first-hand accounts when severe weather rolls through.
"In order for Environment Canada to confirm a tornado, they need some kind of evidence -- whether that be from photos or videos or from data collected in a damage survey," she explains.
"If they've received a lot of damage reports that they think might have been caused by a tornado, they'll send out a survey team."
The funnel cloud was sparked as thunderstorms that are moving across the region.
The storm risk is expected to clear Wednesday with the risk of scattered isolated showers persisting throughout the day.
After the storms move through, temperatures will stabilize to near-seasonal levels for the remainder of the week.